Homes 4 the Homeless

Our People

Leadership

Steve Schneider

Founder & CEO

A 40 year veteran of business, including alternative fueled automobiles, finance and the auto rental industry, Steve was inspired to launch our organization after he lost his home in the wildfires of 2017. READ MORE

Michael Loganbill

Vice President & COO

Michael is a licensed architect and landscape architect with Volz Company. He has extensive experience in project management and master planning, having worked on public, academic and corporate campuses ranging in size from half an acre to over 500 acres.

Alex Campbell

Corporate Secretary

Alex has 25 years experience in marketing, public relations and communications in the alternative energy and automotive industries. He has also worked for more than a decade as a volunteer and board member for local non-profits.

Stephen Smulan

Director of Projects

Stephen is a recent graduate from Sonoma State University, who studied Economics with an emphasis on the Environment. His experience in sales, construction, and project management has helped accelerate our delivery time. Stephen also brings valuable insights from building container housing in Kona, HI. 

Diana Rumrill

Director of Outreach

Diana is a top-performing training and development specialist. With expertise in directing cross-functional teams to improve business efficiencies and employee engagement levels for substantial revenue growth, Diana is skilled in collaborating with team members to identify and achieve business objectives.  

Harrison Friedes

Director of Research

Harrison is a research and marketing analyst interested in understanding the true roadblocks to addressing the housing crisis and promoting what we can do to overcome them. Contact him at harrison @homes4thehomeless.org for all questions or comments.

Board of Directors

Steve Schneider

Founder & CEO

A 40 year veteran of business, including the auto rental industry, Steve was inspired to launch our organization after he lost his home in the wildfires of 2017.

JOE MOORE

Executive Director

Joe Moore is a veteran contractor in Sonoma County who oversees building operations. He owns Joe Moore Painting and Roofing in Windsor, California.

Larry Jackson

Chief Legal Counsel

Larry R. Jackson of Boesch Law Group received his law degree from Indiana University, and has earned degrees from both Ball State University and Princeton Theological Seminary.

Advisory Board

Wayne kleefeld

Board Member

Congratulations to Wayne Kleefeld for being named CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County. Kleefeld previously held the general manager position at Habitat of Sonoma County ReStore for three years. Prior to joining Habitat in 2017, Kleefeld was in the mortgage industry for 30 years, served as regional manager of job creation and economic development for the Canadian government, and owned two stores under a home movie and video game franchise. Wayne distinguished himself as general manager of our ReStore, leading that enterprise to become one of the top performing ReStores in the larger Habitat for Humanity organization. The group’s ReStore sells furniture, building materials and antiques to the public, raising funds for its efforts to build affordable housing with its established practice of getting the potential owners to contribute “sweat equity.” Since its founding in 1984, the group states, it has build 47 homes and has three in the planning stages.

Ben Bartlett

Board Member

Hon. Ben Bartlett, Berkeley City Council, is an environmental lawyer and respected community leader. His initiative to use pre-fabricated modular homes was the first in the nation.

Ryan Cooper

Spokesperson

Ryan is a model and actor, and has been in prestigious fashion campaigns – DKNY, Armani, Hugo Boss, and acts in TV and film with stars such as Scarlett Johansson, Kate Mckinnon and Zoë Kravitz.

Andrew schneider

Board Member

Andrew Schneider is the founder of The Family Office Networks, helping manage investments and philanthropy for his international network of clients. He is also the CEO of the group Global Hedge Fund Advisiors, and a founding member of hedgeCo Networks, with oversees more than 7,000 hedge funds. He is the cousin of Homes 4 the Homeless Founder Steve Schneider.

LORI HARVEY

Board Member

Lori Harvey is the Operations Supervisor of Habitat for Humanity ReStore of Sonoma County. Lori previously worked in the theatre department of Santa Rosa Junior College. She has a background in retail as well as interior design, with an emphasis on upcycling furniture.

Kevin Schneider

Board Member

Kevin served as CEO of SaveOnResorts.com for 16 years. Later he founded ChasetheWeb and co-founded SOR Technology. Kevin is a skilled strategist and innovator and currently he is a Managing Partner for KE Holdings. 

Del Christensen

Board Member

Chief of Global Business Development for the Bay Area Council, Del has worked in membership development, held leadership roles in the areas of cloud computing and cybersecurity, and currently oversees the Council’s trade and investment efforts in Shanghai, China.

Allen hemphill

board member

Veteran wine consultant Allan J. Hemphill cares deeply about homelessness and is advocating on behalf of the wine industry to reduce homelessness in Sonoma County and throughout California. Hemphill is the Chairman of Summit State Bank, owns his own winery consulting and management firm; is president of Laguna Custom Cellars, Inc., a winery venture capital firm and served as President of Associated Vintage Group, a winery service company.

Executive Committee

Kevin pollack

Executive Committee Member

Working for the prestigious law firm Robins Cloud LLP’s Santa Monica office, Mr. Pollack has a diverse background, having experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in civil litigation, and prosecuting criminal cases as a Deputy City Attorney for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. While in law school, he volunteered with Street Law San Diego working with inner-city high school students. 

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Andriya Glessner

Health & Wellness Services Specialist

Andriya owns and operates ConserveAwater, Inc., providing superior plant protection technology to the agriculture industry. She has volunteered for earthquake relief in Haiti and a battered women’s shelter in Africa. Andriya is clinically certified in alcohol and drug treatment and has helped thousands of people achieve a clean and sober life. As Division Director for California Human Development she managed Sonoma County’s criminal justice and substance abuse programs with an annual budget of $2.4M with $150K profit.

Jonathan Parkhurst

Health & Wellness Services Specialist

A veteran of Desert Storm, Jonathan experienced homelessness for a short time in San Francisco before going on to become a tech entrepreneur and app developer. Now he is using his experience to give back and help others transition from homelessness as Safehavn’s founder and CEO.

Sara Bernate

Designer

Sara Bernate is an interior architect and designer who has worked on residential and hospitality projects throughout the Bay Area and Sonoma County. She is an avid environmentalist and long time enthusiast of the tiny house movement.  Sara is the principal and owner of Studio Beau Design in Healdsburg, CA. 

Ryan Rypka

Executive Committee Member

Ryan is a rental specialist with experience working for some of the biggest auto rental companies in the world. He has a passion for customer service and helping others.

Dave Cynkin

Executive Committee Member

Dave is a strategic advisor to CEO’s & Founders, with an entrepreneurial background in executive, investor and consultative roles. He also has experience with non-profit organizations and social causes including: funding cutting-edge cancer research and treatment; providing education, services and advocacy in underserved communities; homelessness relief initiatives, and more.

Vincent Horn

Executive Committee Member

Vince is an electrician who provides extensive guidance on the planning and preparation of our modular housing solutions.

Holly Bradley

Executive Committee Member

A licensed Real Estate Agent, Holly specializes in the financial impacts of home ownership and building personal wealth through real estate. 

Muhammad Mohsin

executive committee member

Muhammad lives in Pakistan and consults with various companies, entrepreneurs and nonprofits in accounting and finance, management, creative solutions, fundraising strategies and grant writing. For the past several years he has worked at Norson Chemical Industries in accounting and finance. Prior to this he worked in Galaxy IT Store in bookkeeping, sales, customer service and inventory. He holds a Masters of Science degree in Accounting & Finance from Superior University of Lahore. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Al Syed College of Commerce. He speaks English, Urdu and Punjab. In his spare time he does social work to help the poor, enjoys reading and playing games.

Phillip Zeidman

Architect

Phillip is a licensed Architect and General Contractor in California and has worked on projects from Modular Construction, to Airport Simulation, Caltrans, US Utility Patents, as well as significant work for PG&E. Mr. Zeidman’s focus is on the technical aspects of housing for homelessness including building codes and permitting requirements. 

Chris Andersen

Executive Committee Member

Chris has extensive experience in the automotive and hospitality industries, including sales and marketing training with Ace Rental Cars and Hyatt Hotels. 

Myles Berry

Executive Committee Member

Myles “Rocco Bastiano” Berry suffered from homelessness and substance abuse in his younger years and has since helped hundreds of others become self-sufficient. As a teenager, Myles says he went down a wrong path, but was able to find help through recovery house operator PuraVida of Santa Rosa. Later he was hired at the company and was eventually promoted to head of operations, in charge of more than 100 individuals at any given time. 

Qiqi Fan

Executive Committee Member

Qiqi Fan is  a Director for HadalX, a developer of private submersibles and submarines for research and underwater tourism. During the pandemic she partnered with Veterans United to offer personal protective equipment for front-line medical workers. Qiqi assists Homes 4 the Homeless in communicating with suppliers in China.

Daniel Lowe

Executive Committee Member

WELD=N=THINGZ INC Website Daniel Lowe is the owner of WELD=N=THINGZ ™, a key partner in helping Homes 4 the Homeless develop our lines of container housing and bathroom prototypes. He is active in his community of Atwater, California to address rising homelessness, including serving on the Merced County Continuum of Care board.

Ginny Scales-Medeiros

Executive Committee Member

Ginny holds workshops on money management, credit recovery and negotiating skills that help the homeless become more self-sufficient. Her unusual story includes being on her own at the age of 15. Learn more at www.ginnyscalesmedeiros.com

Chenghao Qian

Executive Committee Member

Chenghao is volunteering his time helping with China-US Business Development. Studying for his Masters Degree in finance at University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, Chenghao earned a Bachelors Degree in finance from the University of Missouri.

Jim Glessner

Executive Committee Member

Founder and President of GST International, an environmental-friendly concrete manufacturer dedicated to the reduction of CO2 emissions in the concrete industry, Jim holds multiple patents in green chemistry. In response to the devastating losses caused by natural disasters and homelessness he founded MATS (Multiple Application Transitional Structures) to provide superior housing quickly and affordably to those in need.

Ivonne Zhu

Executive Committee Member

Ivonne Zhu owns Appellations Cellar, starting as an exporter, and eventually establishing relationships with growers and wine makers throughout the region.  She cares deeply about the issue of homelessness and hopes to lead the local wine industry in confronting this crisis.

Aaron Heck

Executive Committee Member

Aaron is President and founder of HeckArt Studios, a premiere feature film production company and branding agency based in Los Angeles. He was also Director of Advertising and Promotions at F. Korbel and Bros., Inc., the largest and oldest producer of Méthode Champagne in the United States. 

Mark Eckhaus

Executive Committee Member

As Chief Executive Manager of Eckhaus Fleet, one of the largest independent fleet supply companies in the United States, Mark supplies rental companies and other fleet buyers with new and used vehicles. 

Tom Cody

Executive Committee Member

Tom Cody is an entrepreneur with extensive experience in the field of eye wear and optical technologies.  His companies include Zero G Titanium Eyewear, Born in Brooklyn, and Masunaga1905. 

Rami Batarseh

Executive Committee Member

Rami Batarseh is a highly accomplished real estate professional with a 20-year track record of success and over $1 billion in real estate transactions in his career.  He is a Certified Investment Member (CCIM), a licensed California Real Estate Broker.

Lisa Schultz-Dau

Executive Committee Member

Lisa has over 30 years of Rental Car experience where her positions included Financial Analyst and Controller for multiple major Rental Car companies. She now focuses on Consulting, Accounting and Bookkeeping for small to mid-size businesses with an emphasis in the rental car industry.

Robert Dau

Executive Committee Member

Robert has over 37 years of experience in every aspect of the Rental Car industry. An accomplished and results-oriented executive, he developed and executed short- and long-term strategies.

Richard Olivo

Executive Committee Member

Richard served in the Marines and is a 20 year veteran of the auto industry in sales, marketing and finance. He works for Credit Acceptance, a nationwide auto finance company. 

bogdan demetrescu

Executive Committee Member

Bogdan holds an MBA and an Engineering Degree and has more than 20 years experience in the auto industry in product development, strategic planning and operations for Ford and General Motors. He is currently General Manager Remarketing Operations North America at Daimler AG.

Irvin Klein

Executive Committee Member

Klein is an architect who has done a variety of projects both residential and commercial, new architecture, remodels and interiors. Click Here to see some of his work

John McAuliffe

Executive Committee Member

McAuliffe is General Manager of the Hyatt. Since graduating in 2010, he has worked in ten different hotels in seven cities and six states. 

Volunteers

Ronald Montgomery

Ronald Montgomery has worked in construction for 34 years and specializes in operating heavy machinery, equipment and tractors. He has especially fond memories of his first big project for Ghilotti Construction, building Coffey Park in Santa Rosa.

Jerry Lang

Jerry has been an auto dealer for 55 years and wants to convert his property in Santa Rosa to a modular village for those experiencing homelessness.

Kevin Harper

Kevin is a builder and fabricator living in Santa Rosa. He is a licensed mechanical engineer and SRJC certified welder with more than 20 years for Keysight Technologies. Kevin has been volunteering for several organizations to help those affected by the recent wildfires and is happy to join us to continue this effort.

Nancy Hayssen

Nancy Hayssen is owner of Virtual Tour Maps, and has worked for over 25 years as an Internet Marketing Strategist from SEO, website development, email campaigns, brand awareness, PR, publishing to the development of entrepreneurial training success programs. 

Rich Hayssen

Rich Hayssen grew up wanting to work in the culinary field and along the way earned experience by volunteering to cook and feed the homeless. Now he is a chef at Kendall Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens, a premier wine destination in the Sonoma County wine country.

Miguel Cruz

Miguel has had some experience with homelessness as a young man in Mexico and now with Homes 4 the Homeless he wants to give back. He lives in Sonoma County with his wife and two children. An experienced carpenter, Miguel has his own business MC Junk Removal.

Alexes Aragon

Alexes has wanted to help the homeless ever since the 2017 wildfires devastated our community. She was a cosmetologist for many years and had always wanted to help out by giving haircuts to the homeless. She has experience in the auto industry, working at dealerships and helping customers with vehicle registration services.

Ernesto Rivas

Ernesto learned to weld in 2006 saying “The moment I saw the fusion process I was hooked.” In 2007 he graduated from Clearfield Job Corp with a certification in welding. He started working with Dan Lowe of WELD=N=THINGZ™ in 2008 and the two have been working together ever since.

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